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Frequently Asked Questions about Pharmacies

What conditions are pharmacists able to prescribe for?

A minor ailment is a health condition that patients can reliably self-diagnose and that can be managed with self-care strategies or minimal treatment, which can include prescription medication. The following is a list of common minor ailments that pharmacists can treat you for and depending on your province, the pharmacist may have a more extensive list. Make sure to check with them.

Urinary tract infections Dermatitis, such as atopic, eczema, allergic, and contact Insect bites and hives, including tick bites Conjunctivitis / Pink eye Allergic rhinitis Candida stomatitis, or oral thrush Herpes labialis, also known as cold sores Hemorrhoids Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD Dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps Musculoskeletal sprains and strains Impetigo

Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to find out what healthcare services they offer and whether they are right for their needs. Having the legislated authority to prescribe for minor ailments does not mean all pharmacists must offer or provide this service.

Can my pharmacist prescribe antibiotics?

Depending on your province, pharmacists can prescribe antibiotics for certain conditions such as urinary tract infections and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

A pharmacist will first assess your “minor ailment” before prescribing you anything. This is usually called an assessment process, through which a pharmacist will decide whether or not to prescribe you antibiotics.

It’s important to remember that just because you think you have a minor ailment or if your pharmacists see it as a minor ailment, it does not necessarily mean you are going to get a prescription for antibiotics.

If all the right circumstances and prescriptive authority conditions are met, a pharmacist still cannot prescribe any antibiotics or medications when certain warning signs are present, including certain symptoms as follows. A persisting or recurring condition of a minor ailment even after the treatment is over When signals of an undiagnosed illness are identified The reflection of a decline or change in the function of any organs The patient shows an unusual reaction to a medicine/antibiotic

Do I have to book an appointment to see a pharmacist for a minor ailment?

Individual pharmacies may have their own processes in place to provide minor ailments services. Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to find out what healthcare services they offer, the format of the services offered, and whether they are right for their needs. Medimap.ca can help you locate a pharmacy near you that provides the services you need.

Do I have to pay for using this service?

To be assessed for a minor ailment by a pharmacist, patients only require their health card to access this pharmacy service funded by the Ministry of Health. If a prescription is issued to treat a minor ailment, similar to prescriptions provided by a physician or nurse practitioner, there may be costs or fees associated with dispensing.

Are prescriptions covered under my provincial health care plan?

If a prescription is issued to treat a minor ailment, similar to prescriptions provided by a physician or nurse practitioner, there may be costs or fees associated with dispensing.

What is a prescription refill?

Dispensing includes all of the steps necessary to translate a medication order (prescription) into an individualized medication supply that is both safe and appropriate. Below is a very brief description of what a typical visit to your local pharmacy may look like: Step 1: The pharmacist will ask if you have visited this pharmacy before. If the answer is ‘No’, you will be asked to fill out a consent form. This allows the pharmacist to fill your prescription. If the answer is ‘Yes’, they will ask for an identifier (birthday or home address). This allows for an easy search within the pharmacy's computer system for your prescription records. You will then be asked if you have had this medication before, and what it is being used to treat. This information will allow the pharmacist to personalize your medication counsel when the medication is picked up. Step 2: A member of the pharmacy team will enter the prescription into your profile, checking the: doctor’s information, medication/dose, indications from the prescriber, and quantity of the script. The pharmacy system will check for possible interactions or other potential issues through the Nova Scotia Drug Information System. Step 3: The medication bottle will be scanned and packaged with the Lot and Expiry. The medication is then counted for the designated quantity, labelled, and handed off to the pharmacist to be checked. Step 4: The pharmacist will perform a clinical check of your medication, which includes an assessment for drug interactions, allergies, as well as reviewing previous medications for the same use and ensuring it is the most appropriate drug, dose, and duration for your condition. A pharmacist or pharmacy technician will perform a technical check on the accuracy of the information entered into the pharmacy software system, the label, and the contents of the vial or package. They will also print off counselling documents to provide the patient with more information on the medication. Step 5: The patient will pick up their medication and the pharmacist will provide counseling to the patient on the medication. If it is a refill, this may include an assessment regarding how well the medication is working for you, and whether you are experiencing any side effects.
A detailed description of the dispensing process can be viewed below: Input & Initial Check (Do we have all of the information we need?) Therapeutic Check (Is the prescription right for you?) Preparation Technical Check (Is the prescription filled accurately?) Supply and Educate

  1. Input & Initial Check (Do we have all of the information we need?) Prescriber details Patient details (age, weight, medical conditions, allergies, etc.) Medical insurance coverage details Confirm medication/items to be dispensed Confirm indication Preference details (safety caps, etc) Prescription meets legal requirements (date, drug, strength, instructions, signature, etc)
  2. Therapeutic Check (Is the prescription right for you?) Ensure dosage is both safe and appropriate based on age, weight, etc. Ensure the medication is compatible with current medical conditions and allergies Ensure the medication is compatible with other medications being taken Ensure the prescription is appropriate for the condition being treated
  3. Preparation Select the appropriate drug, brand, strength, form, quantity Repackage when necessary Prepare when necessary (reconstitute or compound from raw ingredients) Review expiry, instructions Apply cautionary labels Complete documentation and records Organize counselling aids (e.g. written materials)
  4. Technical Check (Is the prescription filled accurately?) Ensure correct drug, brand, strength, form, quantity Ensure correct formula/methodology has been used for compounded products Confirm successful medical insurance processing
  5. Supply and Educate Confirm patient identity Educate the patient/caregiver on the appropriate use of the medication Clarify any patient issues & questions Obtain patient/caregiver signature for supply when necessary Provide additional information and advice to patients on their condition

In situations where a patient needs to refill their prescription for an emergency, travel purposes, new to the province or the country or when they can't get a hold of their family doctors, how can they go about refilling their prescriptions?

If your usual prescriber is unavailable and you are in need of a medication that you take on a regular basis to treat a chronic illness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, your pharmacist may issue a continued care prescription. Working collaboratively with your prescriber, your pharmacist can provide the needed medication to keep you healthy and feeling well. (Continued care prescription cannot be issued for narcotics and other controlled drugs).

How long can a prescription stay on file with a pharmacy before it expires?

The paper prescription that your doctor gives you is valid for one year from the date it is written. That being said, the pharmacist can use his/her professional judgment to determine whether or not the prescription should still be used.

Do I need to bring my ID/health card to a pharmacy when asking for a prescription?

To be assessed for a minor ailment by a pharmacist, patients only require their health card to access this pharmacy service funded by the Ministry of Health. If a prescription is issued to treat a minor ailment, similar to prescriptions provided by a physician or nurse practitioner, there may be costs or fees associated with dispensing.

Are there areas to speak with a pharmacist that isn’t in front of everyone else waiting?

Yes, most pharmacies have private consultation areas or dedicated private spaces where patients can discuss their medication and health concerns with pharmacists and other healthcare providers in a confidential setting. These private consultation areas may be separate rooms or designated areas within the pharmacy that are separate from the main pharmacy counter or other areas where patients may be present. Overall, private consultation areas are an important feature of pharmacies and help to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care and support while maintaining their privacy and confidentiality.

If pharmacists can provide so many services, do I still need to see my doctor?

While pharmacists are able to provide a number of different healthcare services to patients, they are not able to replace the advice and support provided by a medical doctor. Pharmacists work best as integrated partners with other healthcare providers, and some of the services they offer require consultation with a doctor. In order for patients to have the best healthcare outcomes, it’s important to make sure that doctor visits remain a part of the overall care plan.

What is a compounding pharmacist?

A compounding pharmacist is a pharmacist who specializes in the preparation of customized medications for patients. This can include modifying the strength or dosage form of a medication, or combining multiple medications into a single dosage form. Compounding pharmacists may work with patients and healthcare providers to develop customized treatment plans that meet the specific needs of the patient. They may also prepare medications for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients in commercially available medications, or for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills or capsules. In addition to preparing customized medications, compounding pharmacists may also provide consultations and education to patients and healthcare providers on the proper use and administration of compounded medications. Compounding pharmacists typically work in specialized compounding pharmacies or in hospitals or clinics that offer compounding services. They must be licensed to practice pharmacy and must adhere to strict regulations and standards to ensure the safety and quality of the compounded medications they prepare.

Can all pharmacies treat people or do they need a prescribing pharmacist?

Patients are encouraged to visit Medimap.ca or speak to their pharmacist to find out what healthcare services they offer and whether they are right for their needs. Having the legislated authority to prescribe for minor ailments does not mean all pharmacists must offer or provide this service.

How do I know which pharmacies have pharmacists that can treat people?

Individual pharmacies may have their own processes in place to provide minor ailments services. Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to find out what healthcare services they offer, the format of the services offered, and whether they are right for their needs. Medimap.ca can help you locate a pharmacy near you that provides the services you need.

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